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The Russian frigate “The Shtandart” which will sail into Drogheda Port this Summer
Tall Ships
Drogheda Port's Captain Martin Donnelly have invited a wonderful new fleet of ships to visit Drogheda for the Irish Maritime Festival 2017 on 10-11th June. “The visiting ships are the focal point of The Irish Maritime Festival and it is…
ABCO Marine have been contracted on a project at Eastney, Portsmouth. The Northern Ireland based firm sourced and procured rock armour for the project from Norway from where vessels offloaded above in Southampton Port for temporary stockpiling. Afloat adds that in background is one of a trio of Red Funnel 'Raptor' class car ferries heading down Southampton water for Cowes (East) on the Isle of Wight.
Ports & Shipping
#PortProject - A Northern Ireland based marine civil engineering firm, ABCO Marine have been contracted to work on a project located in Portsmouth. The contract to the Lisburn firm is from Galliford Try for the construction of Fort Cumberland SST…
Master of the Stena Europe, Richard Cleary and Ian Davies, Stena Line’s Trade Director, Irish Sea South. They are pictured on the bridge of Stena Europe that operates the new Rosslare – Fishguard route timetable that began this week
Ferry
#NewTimetable - The launch of the new timetable on Stena Line’s Rosslare – Fishguard route has begun this week. The revised timetable now gives customers the chance to avail of three day sailings and one extended overnight crossing. The operator…
The bow of the Dutch flagged cargoship Crown Mary that had been detained during its call to Wicklow Port.
Ports & Shipping
#DetentionLifted – The detention of a Dutch flagged general cargoship in Wicklow Port since the weekend has finally been lifted as the vessel is no longer currently listed by the Paris MoU, writes Jehan Ashmore. Crown Mary had arrived to…
The new flagship for CMV, the 63,000 gross tonnage Columbus had operated previously as Pacific Pearl for P&O Cruises in Australia. The 775 passenger cruiseship is seen at Damen Dry-Dock in Rotterdam before a naming ceremony in London (Tilbury) next month by TV presenter Angela Rippon.
Cruise Liners
#NewFlagship - Columbus, the latest addition to the fleet of Cruise & Maritime Voyages that will also become their new flagship, arrived in Rotterdam just before mid-May for a three week dry dock at the Damen Ship Yard. A delivery…
Detained Dutch flagged cargoship Crown Mary has since the weekend remained tied up in Wicklow Port
Ports & Shipping
#Detained - A Dutch flagged general cargoship that was due to Dublin Port last night remains under detention in Wicklow Port having discharged packaged timber, writes Jehan Ashmore. Irish maritime authorities detained the 2010 built Crown Mary on behalf of…
The CEO of Belfast Harbour, Rory Adair is after 12 years in the position to retire in early 2018
Belfast Lough
#PortCEO - Belfast Harbour have confirmed that CEO, Roy Adair CBE is to retire from the Port business in the Spring of 2018. The CEO has for more than 12 years presided over an extremely successful development phase of Belfast…
Frazer Aisling Gabrielle, a 44 car capacity ferry that called to Wicklow Port last night following work carried at New Ross boat yard. The recently renamed ferry departed from the port's East Pier this morning and is bound for Greenore on Carlingford Lough.
Ferry
#FerryWickow - A newly renamed car ferry Frazer Aisling Gabrielle called to Wicklow Port prior to the opening of the new Scenic Carlingford Ferry that is scheduled to begin operations early next month, writes Jehan Ashmore. The 44 car capacity…
The 'Kaitaki' Afloat adds was the former Isle of Innisfree, ICG's first custom built tonnage that served Irish Ferries Dublin-Holyhead route from 1995, however the 1,650 passenger/600 car ferry became surplus to operational requirements following delivery of the giant cruiseferry Ulysses in 2001.  The 'Innisfree' from 2002 was chartered initially to operators in Europe before heading to New Zealand waters and most recently to buyers KiwiRail. They operate the 22,000 tonnes vessel on the 'InterIslander' route across the Cook Strait.
Ferry
#FerrySell - Irish Continental Group (ICG) parent company of Irish Ferries, revealed today it has agreed to sell the €45 million sale of a passenger ferry to a New Zealand company, KiwiRail, as the Irish group reported that its revenues…
A Belfast Harbour based firm that operates stone quarries has won a 55,000 tonne export order to surface roads in Limburg, the southernmost province of the Netherlands
Belfast Lough
#StoneExports - A Belfast Harbour based firm Conexpo that operates stone quarries has won a Dutch order as part of its exports to surface Europe’s busiest roads. The company won the export order to supply 55,000 tonnes to reconstruct 26km…
Transit Gateway Mapping Phase 4: Dublin Port from 1867 to 1897 Frenzy & Excitement
Dublin Port
#TransitGateway - As part of “Port Perspectives”, Transit Gateway is a project that documents the transitional changes of the shape of Dublin Port from its medieval shoreline to its current infrastructure. This months free seminar: Mapping Phase 4 Dublin Port 1867-1897…
Combi-trailers discharging in Dublin Port. In a recently published shipping analysis report on Irish freight (ro-ro and lo-lo), the combined vessel capacity in April 2017 stood at an annual equivalent of 4.2 million units (trailers and FEU). This was an increase of 3.9% compared to the capacity serving the market in December 2014.
Ports & Shipping
#CapacityReport - The 2017 edition of the Irish Freight RoRo and LoLo Capacity Analysis and Report reveals that the combined amount of freight RoRo and LoLo vessel capacity employed serving the Irish market in April 2017 stands at an annual…
A rare call by a cargoship to Arklow took place recently when Arklow Fortune berthed on the banks of the River Avoca. The 4,950dwt short-sea trader that is registered in the port had called to undergo repairs.
Ports & Shipping
#RareCall – A rare appearance of a cargoship and aptly from Arklow Shipping took place recently with the vessel in its homeport of where Ireland’s largest shipowner’s have their head-office, writes Jehan Ashmore. Afloat had monitored online the ship in…
Michel Barnier addressing Dail Eireann, Ireland's parliament at the Houses of the Oireachtas
Ferry
#HardAPort- Michel Barnier, the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator says he wants to avoid a "hard border" between the UK and Ireland, reports the Daily Post. Fears have been raised that Holyhead port on Anglesey, north Wales could suffer if…
Arklow Vanguard which made a delivery voyage to Rotterdam (as above) is the latest addition to the fleet that now totals 50 cargoships.
Ports & Shipping
#50ships - The maiden delivery voyage of Arklow Vanguard is significant as Arklow Shipping now totals a record 50 cargoships and follows the company's 50th anniverary last year, writes Jehan Ashmore. Arklow Vanguard made the delivery passage on Monday from…
The refit work carried out of Stena Line fleet operating out of Belfast took place at Harland & Wolff shipyard for over 4-months. Among the seven ships serviced, Stena Superfast VIII operates on the Belfast- Cairnryan service.
Ferry
#StenaRefit - Refit of all seven ships of Stena Line's Irish Sea north ferry fleet totalling £5m has recently been completed. The work carried out at the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast took over a 4-month period. This involved…

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